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A06610 Summary:

BILL NOA06610
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03061-A
 
SPONSORBichotte Hermelyn
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §§206 & 4140, add §2101-a, Pub Health L
 
Outlines requirements for reporting COVID-19, communicable diseases and deaths due to such communicable diseases for the commissioner of health, state institutions, and hospitals.
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A06610 Actions:

BILL NOA06610
 
03/19/2021referred to health
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A06610 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6610
 
SPONSOR: Bichotte Hermelyn
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to reporting COVID- 19, communicable diseases and deaths caused by such communicable diseases   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to outline the requirements for reporting COVID19 confirmed and presumed positive cases of residents who were transferred from a nursing home or adult care facility, to the commis- sioner of health, state institutions, and hospitals.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 206 of the public health law is amended by adding two new paragraphs (e-1) and (e-2) to read as follows: (e-1) ensure that the department updates its regular reporting of "Nurs- ing Home and Adult Care Facility COVID Related Deaths Statewide" to include those COVID-19 confirmed and presumed positive cases of resi- dents who were transferred from a nursing home or adult care facility to a hospital and died in the hospital retrospective to March first, two thousand twenty (e-2) share aggregate reports of information collected under the depart- ment's emergency survey system known as the Health Emergency Response Data System (HERDS), or its successor, with the entities completing and submitting the HERDS surveys § 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2101-a 3. Section 4140 of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4   JUSTIFICATION: This bill will ensure that the department regularly updates the report- ing of "Nursing Home and Adult Care Facility COVID Related Deaths State- wide" to provide public transparency. The proposed amendments to the public health law, would collect and publicly post on the department's website no less frequently than once per week during a declared public health emergency. This will provide the public with up-to-date data on nursing homes and adult care fatalities.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be Determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A06610 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          6610
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 19, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. BICHOTTE HERMELYN -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Health
 
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to  reporting  COVID-
          19,  communicable  diseases  and  deaths  caused  by such communicable
          diseases
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  1 of section 206 of the public health law is
     2  amended by adding two new paragraphs (e-1) and (e-2) to read as follows:
     3    (e-1) ensure that the department  updates  its  regular  reporting  of
     4  "Nursing Home and Adult Care Facility COVID Related Deaths Statewide" to
     5  include  those  COVID-19  confirmed and presumed positive cases of resi-
     6  dents who were transferred from a nursing home or adult care facility to
     7  a hospital and died in the hospital retrospective to  March  first,  two
     8  thousand  twenty.  Such update shall occur and be publicly posted within
     9  thirty days of the effective date of this subdivision;
    10    (e-2) share aggregate  reports  of  information  collected  under  the
    11  department's  emergency  survey  system  known  as  the Health Emergency
    12  Response Data System  (HERDS),  or  its  successor,  with  the  entities
    13  completing  and  submitting  the HERDS surveys, in order to support such
    14  entities' situational awareness and emergency response needs as dictated
    15  by the nature of the  emergency;  such  reports  shall  be  shared  with
    16  surveyed entities as soon as practicable after the HERDS collection, and
    17  shall  be in a form and interval appropriate to the collection frequency
    18  and circumstances of the emergency; for surveys of  duration  less  than
    19  one  week, reports shall be shared as soon as practicable, but not later
    20  than one week after final collection; for surveys of duration more  than
    21  one  week,  such  reports shall be shared no less frequently than weekly
    22  during the survey period. Information from  such  reports  may  be  made
    23  public  by  the  department and shall be used to ensure the department's
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD07694-03-1

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     1  public reports required pursuant to sections  twenty-one  hundred  one-a
     2  and forty-one hundred forty of this chapter are accurate and timely;
     3    §  2.  The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2101-a
     4  to read as follows:
     5    § 2101-a. Communicable diseases; duty to report; transfer of  individ-
     6  uals.  1.  When a communicable disease is reported by a person in charge
     7  of a state institution, pursuant to section  two  thousand  one  hundred
     8  five of this title, or a facility licensed under article twenty-eight of
     9  this  chapter,  pursuant to   the provisions of section two thousand one
    10  hundred one of this title, the report shall include whether the individ-
    11  ual was transferred from another institution or facility,  including  an
    12  adult  care  facility,  and identify the facility. The report shall also
    13  include whether the individual works in a health care facility and iden-
    14  tify the facility.
    15    2. During a declared public health emergency, information collected by
    16  the state and local health districts on cases of a communicable  disease
    17  associated  with  a declared public health emergency shall be maintained
    18  and updated on the department's website no less frequently than once per
    19  week to identify the number of cases of residents and staff  at  partic-
    20  ular  nursing homes and adult care facilities, together with information
    21  on deaths of residents as required by section forty-one hundred forty of
    22  this chapter.
    23    § 3. Section 4140 of the public health law is amended by adding a  new
    24  subdivision 4 to read as follows:
    25    4.  Where  the  death  is  confirmed or presumed to have occurred from
    26  COVID-19, and the individual resided in a nursing  home  or  adult  care
    27  facility at or immediately prior to such death, the commissioner and the
    28  department  of  health  of  the  city  of  New York and registrar of the
    29  district in which the death occurred shall, in addition  to  maintaining
    30  deaths by district, record such death as that of a nursing home or adult
    31  care facility resident even if the individual did not die in such facil-
    32  ity.  During  a declared public health emergency, such information shall
    33  be maintained and updated on the department's website no less frequently
    34  than once per week, together with information on cases of the communica-
    35  ble disease associated with the public health emergency of residents and
    36  staff as required by section twenty-one hundred one-a of this chapter.
    37    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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